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Grass Car Racing 1

By Pete      
An area of photography I have limited experience but enjoyed doing this. I found the cars a little uninteresting and they didn't seem to be going all that fast! Good fun though! Auto levels adjustment and crop...otherwise straight out of can. (or as Keith calls it Pentoy!)
Feel free to hurl abuse, or modify Smile

Tags: Sports and action

Voters: User_Removed, robadsy, PatriciaWilson and 14 more

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andytvcams 18 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2005 10:38AM
Would have liked to see this a bit more closer Pete,

less foreground,and perhaps a faster shutter speed,

the writing on the car looks a little blurred but not bad for your first attempt Smile

Pete 19 18.8k 97 England
4 Jul 2005 10:44AM
I was panning as he came out of the corner which was a bit tricky...and three layers of protective fencing to stop me getting a tighter crop. This was at 300mm, hand held and manual focus too. excuses, excusesWink
andytvcams 18 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2005 10:49AM
The virtues of shutter priority Smile
cutes6 15 1
4 Jul 2005 11:01AM
Pete, this photo bring back so many memories as I used to race mainly at York but my friends went onto to become very good at this and it's taken us to so many interesting places in the UK.

Thanks for posting it.
martin.w Plus
19 603 28 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2005 11:05AM
Not bad at all for a first attempt. I went to Ollerton Stadium, Sheffield on thurs to the speedway. I had an invite to take photos from the inside of the track, and it wasn't at all easy, so you have my sympathy for the excuses!
bassan Plus
18 15
4 Jul 2005 1:05PM
Great sense of action with the dust flying off the wheels. I quite like it!
gill_f Plus
17 122 England
5 Jul 2005 1:31PM
I agree - the dust flying makes the picture.
TeresaH 16 1.1k United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 2:14AM
This type of action shot is not my cup of tea. However, the dust makes the picture more realistic.

StevenPrice 16 30 2 England
7 Jul 2005 10:32AM
you did well considering all the obsticles, i like the way you have caught all the dust flying about watch that sensor lol!

glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
7 Jul 2005 4:46PM
Its a good shot Pete, difficult to take for sure, but I agree with, as others have stated, that the dust being kicked up makes the shot. Funny how so many folks can look at a shot and walk away seeing something completely different then what others saw. Wink

Thank you for your comments earlier, and as soon as the dust settles I will be back. I have also learned that they have introduced Puffin down in Florida, might take a trip down there to get a shot, have my EC ready when I come back. Wink Spot on! Click!!!

acbeat 16 14 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2005 5:51AM
good attempt at this action shot the composition is good .andy b
theorderingone 17 2.4k
18 Jul 2005 11:09AM
If you fancy another try at something like this may I suggest going to watch the Brisca F1 stockcars at Belle Vue in Manchester or the Owlerton Stadium in Sheffield.
You get 25-30 BIG V8 handbuilt cars on a shale oval that fits inside a dog track! (which means crashes, fires etc galore! Grin)
Only problem is you get the same amount of protective fencing etc but the cars really do move (due to having a seven litre engine each under the bonnet!!!)

Tis as good an attempt as I've seen of this kind of motorsport, these kinda cars dont really lend themselves to photography that well but you've done a great job of catching it just as it turns in.
pjcurran 16 6
20 Jul 2005 5:56AM
Good shot well captured.
Se7enUK 15 114 England
20 Jul 2005 11:18PM
Oh it says P145 I thought it was my P45 Smile

Mavis 19 143 2 England
21 Jul 2005 10:22PM
My husband used to drag me to these and I too found it boring . Nowadays I have more respect for my camera than to subject it to all that dust .

You have done a great job of capturing this car. I can hear the squeal of brakes as you were capturing the cornering and the dust . !!!x
PatriciaWilson 17 617 58 Greece
27 Jul 2005 10:59PM
Always wanted to have a go at this! Great fun to do but boring to watch, I think.

Shot shows all the action and dust but perhaps would benefit from a slight crop on the right, to give more of a feeling of being chased.

Still a smashing capture thoughSmile
User_Removed 18 39 6 Scotland
3 Aug 2005 5:58AM
Hi Pete, nice to be back after a long break due to work in the most.
Great action shot although that dust will play havoc with the sensor so hope you kept the lens on while there.

Take care Victor
robadsy 16 348
5 Aug 2005 6:33PM

i think this is fine. reading the above comments i felt that andy was a little harsh. the car is sharp enough, i can read the numbers on the front quarter, and the crop gives perspective on where the car is headed.

the dust gives ambience.

i've done some drift events, and found that trying to get action or energy into "slow" moving race cars is actually really difficult. a tricky entry into motorsports if it is the first event you've photographed pete.

it has energy, well done. ads :o)
Phil-LS 17 632 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2005 10:38AM
Good shot. Just seen this shot and it brings back good memory's for me as i used to do Grasstrack racing at the Linconshire showground in old Mk1 Escort :o).

If you thought these were slow Pete did you see the Class 10 they are based on a Formula 3 Chassis and unlimited engine size. There used to be a bloke who put a full race blown 6lt Chevey engine in and he couldn't open the throttle fully. LOL
keithh 17 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Aug 2005 6:05AM
Move over Joe Fox.

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